SHELF AWARE BOOK REVIEW
The Valedictorian of Being Dead by Heather B. Armstrong
The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live by Heather B. Armstrong Author and blogger Heather B. Armstrong writes about her experience as one of only a few people to participate in an experimental treatment for depression involving ten rounds of a chemically induced coma approximating brain death.
Published by Gallery Books on April 23, 2019
For years, Heather B. Armstrong has alluded to her struggle with depression on her website. But in 2016, Heather found herself in the depths of a depression she just couldn’t shake, an episode darker and longer than anything she had previously experienced.
This book recalls the torturous eighteen months of suicidal depression she endured and the month-long experimental study in which doctors used propofol anesthesia to quiet all brain activity for a full fifteen minutes before bringing her back from a flatline. Ten times. The experience wasn’t easy. Not for Heather or her family. But a switch was flipped, and Heather hasn’t experienced a single moment of suicidal depression since. The Valedictorian of Being Dead brings to light a groundbreaking new treatment for depression.
Author and blogger Heather B. Armstrong writes about her experience as one of only a few people to participate in an experimental treatment for depression involving ten rounds of a chemically induced coma approximating brain death.
An amazingly gripping read! Heather Armstrong writes of her experiences of dying – repeatedly – in such a fascinating and heartfelt way. I wasn’t sure if this book was going to be melodramatic or depressing: it is neither. Instead, it’s a straight-on look of one women’s strength and courage on a path where there is no guidebook. I was inspired to not waste a minute of my day and I think of this book often.
This is going on my holiday gift-giving list!
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